Published in Overland Issue 216 Spring 2014 Uncategorized Collected melancholy Pam Brown a dead bee on the bus seat, a bipolar daughter cherishing her hands, she’s ‘miles away’ – in every second poem – All the reasons not to believe in anything anymore Words lost and scattered all along the path There’s nothing left to say The wind rises The world slips away The other side The Arc surrounding this grim landscape is losing its colour I think it’s wearing out Hang on And leave a faint memory on earth A gesture of regret A sour expression What I did best & further sombre artifice – walking from sulphide to bromide imagining some scenographic terrain – the indian ocean looks choppy from the plane, its clobbered shore already sunk – holding the baby with the peachy fur dome head & making jokes about already dead poets, nearly dead, halfway dead, lining up for ‘Reading Australia’ now, what is that? – here he goes again, the brilliant sad sack – There is no longer even a place For the words I will leave – yesterday, you were found on wikipedia blogging your new album on a national bluegrass site, then, scrolling down – you’d died seven months ago O closed heart O heavy heart O deep heart You will never get used to sorrow – perhaps this place takes itself seriously – ‘Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions’, in time ( you wonder) when did emotions begin? Note: ‘the brilliant sad sack’ comes from Pierre Reverdy Pam Brown Pam Brown has published many chapbooks, pamphlets and full collections of poetry, most recently Stasis Shuffle (Hunter Publishers, 2021). She lives in a south Sydney suburb on reclaimed swampland on Gadigal Country. More by Pam Brown Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 2 December 20222 December 2022 The university In search of lost bargains: An interview with Scott Fitzgerald, Ryan Mead-Hunter and Francis Russell of the Bargain Hunters podcast Scott Robinson and Danni McGrath We discovered Bargain Hunters: The Curtin NTEU EBA Podcast as our own university, Monash, and the local branch of the NTEU) enter their own bargaining round. After years of workers bearing the burden of rapid COVID changes, cost of living pressures, overwork and decades of growing job insecurity, this bargaining round feels different: an opportunity for workers to articulate a vision of the university against the neoliberalised, corporate managerialism that dominates the sector and most workplaces in the country. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 December 20221 December 2022 Reviews Calling the racist a racist: Janaka Malwatta’s blackbirds don’t mate with starlings John Kinsella Malwatta is a skilled and motivated user of tone and tonality in expression, and he shifts between perpetrator and victim with a disturbing but powerful ease: we hear the racists in the hospital, we hear them at the barbecue, and we hear the racism coming from the mouths of white leaders and dissemblers.